Dairy foods are accessible, affordable, taste great, come in a number of varieties and provide a unique nutrient profile that can help make eating better easier and more enjoyable.
Dairy foods like milk, yogurt and cheese are fundamental to good nutrition. Eating a balanced diet with a variety of foods to get essential nutrients is important to maintain healthy gut and immune function and optimize overall wellness.
These nutrients help our bodies function properly. For example:
- Protein helps build and repair muscle tissue
- Calcium and vitamin D help build and maintain strong bones and teeth
- Protein, zinc, selenium and vitamins A and D help support a healthy immune system.
Milk also contains B vitamins, which can help your body convert food into fuel:
- Vitamin B-12
- Riboflavin (B2)
- Pantothenic acid (B5)
- Niacin (B3)